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Vaadates tulevikku - kompetentsi tõus ja isikliku arengu tagamine läbi Euroopa õpirände
Start date: 01 Jun 2016, End date: 31 May 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Astangu Vocational Rehabilitation Centre (Astangu VRC) offers vocational education, training and supportive rehabilitation services to working-age people with various disabilities. Our students are often with fewer opportunities due to their disability, financial, social and health-related problems which limits their ability to act and react. Vocational education is provided together with Haapsalu Vocational Education and Training Centre - the students will get their certificate, but all of their studies take place at Astangu due to the environmental accessibility and supportive services for rehabilitation etc.Continuous development and quality of servcies is very important for Astangu VRC. To be able to look into the future and offer sustainable solutions, the development must take place at individual level of the specialists and students and managers who create and develop the whole organization together. Developing of both workspecific skills and general competencies (ability in iniating action and change, communication skills and openness) are equally important for that.Our need is to create possibilities for the ongoing development of staff by training and offering different experiences both on national and international levels. We see that mobility activities have a huge impact on professional development, increasing motivation and inspiration, applying innovative methodologies, take initiative in developing the whole system for vocational education and training and see their own possibilities and abilities.Equally important is to offer the same possibilties for the students with special needs, to enrich their professional competence and personal development and open them for new experiences. As students and specialists work hand in and on an equal level at Astangu, we find it very relevant for both groups to be open-minded and open for change. Our students are the future employees in different establishments and international experience will support their view of the world and themselves.The project has 2 goals:1. To offer the students of Astangu VRC in vocational education a professional European mobility to support their competitiveness through growth of their professional and social skills. The aim is fulfilled by working and living in foreign environment. 2. To develop the competence of specialists and employees of Astangu VRC through international co-operation experience and new practical services/methodologies in order for them to participate in developing the field of vocational education for people with disabilities and be motivated and open to international context (including migration). Also to learn to empower and support the students on their way to the labour market.26 students can participate in the mobility project: 8 studying carpentry, 8 studying to become assistant chef, 6 studying software development and 4 studying office work. The internships take place in Finland with companies and in Germany and Ireland with vocational training centres and companies.8 staff members can participate in the European mobility to two different partner-organizations. 4 people to National Learning Network in Ireland which provides innovative, community-based and inclusive services for people with disabilities and 4 people to Kiipula Vocational College in Finland which acts as a vocational college, rehabilitation and competence centre offering various employer-based services for vocational training.The coordinator of international relations and European projects is responsible for the implementation of the project according to the agreement and time schedule. It is included in the workplan of Astangu VRC and is also monitored by the whole management in order to fulfill maximum potential. The result will show in new professional skills and knowledge for all participants, increased social skills and acitivity, increased self-confidence and self-efficacy, motivation and better fluency in foreign languages (mainly English). New methodologies and ways of working will be tested and implemented as a direct outcome of the staff mobility. International co-operation with partners will be ongoing and stronger for continuous developement of all parties. By fulfilling the aims of the project we support the strategic goals at Astangu, in Estonia and Europe in general, including transition from vocational education to the labour market, social inclusion and innovation.
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